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Sliverofhope Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:13 PM
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Mystery Surrounds Death of State Dept. Official - John Kokal
by Wayne Madsen
(special to From The Wilderness)

November 20, 2003 (FTW), WASHINGTON -- In a case eerily reminiscent of the death of British Ministry of Defense bio-weapons expert, Dr. David Kelly, an official of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Near East and South Asian division (INR/NESA), John J. Kokal, 58, was found dead in the late afternoon of November 7. Police indicated he may have jumped from the roof of the State Department. Kokal's body was found at the bottom of a 20 foot window well, 8 floors below the roof of the State Department headquarters near the 23rd and D Street location. Kokal's death was briefly mentioned in a FOX News website story on November 8 but has been virtually overlooked by the major media.

Interestingly, the FOX report states that State Department officials confirmed Kokal's death to The Washington Post yet the Post - according to an archive search - has published nothing at all about Kokal's death.

Kokal's INRbureau was at the forefront of confronting claims that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Washington police have not ruled out homicide as the cause of his death. Kokal was not wearing either a jacket or shoes when his body was found. He lived in Arlington, Virginia.

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/112003_kokal....

Working with Iraq intel must be stressful work, to drive so many to suicide.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:20 PM
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1. interesting
maybe he was ready to turn in somebody at the White House?

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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:22 PM
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2. I'll be calling my local news outlets.
Why isn't this news? It's more newsworthy to me than local football scores, or recipes for Thanksgiving.
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Sliverofhope Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:25 PM
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3. Thanks
It certainly seems suspicious, moreso by the fact that nobody's heard of it. Perhaps now the internet can make a difference and override the corporate media's block.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:25 PM
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4. the way the media majors ignore this story is most
telling. Good for Wayne Madsen to not let this man's death pass unexamined.
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:33 PM
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8. Absolutely true, a conspiracy of silence.
Edited on Fri Nov-21-03 01:39 PM by Minstrel Boy
Which of course isn't to suggest the media is "in" on it. Merely that the media knows which questions are forbidden and shouldn't be asked.

I've been looking for any follow-up to the paltry original coverage, but there's been nothing.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:25 PM
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5. I remember this on DU a few weeks ago...
I also remember kicking it so many times that it stayed in the LBN forum front page for over a week. Something really fishy about this story; sounds like he mighta been a potential whistleblower. And no shoes?!?! What kinda psycho-mafia shit are we dealing with in this administration?
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:27 PM
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6. Maybe a guilty conscience?
perhaps?
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joanski01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:31 PM
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7. There was so a story
published in the Washington Post, because I copied it and put it in the earlier LBN thread about this. What the hell is going no now?
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Snazzy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 03:17 PM
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14. Still there
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14194-20...

It doesn't turn up in a search, but the search mechanism is pretty lousy, esp. if you want something older than two weeks.
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:38 PM
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9. important quotes:
it would have been impossible for Kokal to have gained entry to the roof on his own. INR occupies both a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) on the sixth floor that has no windows and a windowless structure on the roof that has neither windows nor access to the roof, according to the former official. The other windows at the State Department have been engineered to be shatter proof from terrorist bomb attacks and cannot be opened.

INR and other State Department officials report that a "chill" has set in at the State Department following Kokal's defenestration. A number of employees are afraid to talk about the suspicious death. It also unusual that The Northern Virginia Journal, a local Arlington newspaper, has not published an obituary notice on Kokal.

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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 01:44 PM
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10. add another to the Bush Body Count
nt
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 02:13 PM
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11. Baxterized. Another one.
The Bastards.

The Great Mandala keeps on turning. Their turn will come in time. One of the few perennial truths.
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Sliverofhope Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 02:37 PM
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12. kick
this may be old hat, but I'll give it one more spin through
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 02:47 PM
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13. From the CIA Assassination Manual...
"The most efficient accident, in simple assassination, is a fall of 75 feet or more onto a hard surface. Elevator shafts, stair wells, unscreened windows and bridges will serve."

http://www.frankolsonproject.org/Documents/Assassinatio...
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Snazzy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-22-03 03:04 AM
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15. kick for the dead guy
Something very wrong here.

No obit. No press period.

If it's not news when a spook "jumps" off the roof of the State Department, our media has totally failed. End of story.

What's up with Wilson/Plame? That seems to have quieted too.

Did Kokal have pebbles in his pockets?
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